Eyeshadow Tutorial: Follow the Sun | 9Lives
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I think I’m ready for summer to arrive. I am constantly thinking of bronzed skin that smells like coconutty sunscreen and sea salt, and flowy dresses that whip back in the cool breeze. The new Urban Decay Born to Run palette (R800, urbandecay.co.za) dropped on my desk a couple of weeks back and I instantly thought about blazing beach days, crisp blue water and glowing sunsets.

I am tempted to say that it’s my favourite UD palette yet, with a range of warmer tones from neutrals to blush, coppers and golds, and then a whole bunch of really fun colours to amp up your look. Pretty perfect for the sunny season!

I first tried it out for my friend’s 1920’s themed birthday party and like always I was completely charmed by the intense pigment and true colour payoff. I used Wanderlust, Smog, Double Life and Stranded to create a smokey look, and I just loved it.

Urban Decay Born to Run 9Lives Urban Decay Born to Run 9Lives

For this post I created a look I’d easily wear everyday – honestly, I was so sad to take it off. I played around with the golds, browns and copper colours and ended up with something that makes me think of dessert sands. The shadows were such a treat, with a buttery, blendable quality and super intense pigment. I only needed a light dip of the brush.

I kicked off with a layer of Breakaway across my lid and up to the brow bone. Then I used Blaze as a highlighter. I applied Riff and Still Hot in my crease for a warm brown, blush finish. Then I used Ignite and Punk on the outer edge of my lid for definition. And finally, I applied Riff and Punk along my lower lash line.

A neat trick is to apply your concealer after completing the shadow look on the upper lid, and then following with the shadow on the lower lash line. I used the new Elizabeth Arden Stroke of Perfection Concealer in Medium (R299, elizabetharden.co.za), which is one of my favourites right now. It has a super creamy consistency so it applies and blends like a dream, and the finish is natural and silky – not dry or powdery at all. I always apply my concealer in a triangle shape – pointing down onto my cheeks – and then blend using my finger.

Elizabeth Arden Stroke of Perfection Concealer

I finished my eyeshadow with a touch of the Yves Saint Laurent Dessin du Regard Eye Pencil in 06 (R405, YSL Beauteé Boutique at Sandton City). It’s a chocolate brown with a soft shimmer that worked well with the eyeshadow shades I used, defining the look rather than creating any hard lines.

And finally I finished with two coats of the new Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara (R300, urbandecay.co.za). It delivers intense black pigment, formulated with two types of pigment that makes it even darker. Seriously, you’ll notice the difference. I was also thrilled with how well it lasted – zero dusting – and how easy it was to take off.

 Yves Saint Laurent Dessin du Regard Eye Pencil Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

What do you think about the palette? Pop your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you!


I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.

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